Sample Timeline

Following the four core courses, students schedule their own course of study, depending on their own calendar and obligations.

  • Students are not required to take a seminar every quarter, however, taking quarter(s) off will make it difficult to complete the program in four years. 
  • With prior approval, students may take a Leave or Absence for up to one year. This leave does not count toward the five-year maximum allowed to degree.
  • Students may take a maximum of two seminars per quarter, and a total of three seminars in two consecutive quarters.
  • Due to the structure of the curriculum and policies on maximum number of units per quarter, the MLA degree cannot be completed in fewer than four years.
  Sample Timeline I:
Degree in Four Years
Sample Timeline I:
Degree in Five Years
Quarter Coursework  
Autumn 15-16 Foundations I Foundations I
Winter 15-16 Foundations II Foundations II
Spring 15-16 Foundations III Foundations III
Summer 15-16    
Autumn 16-17 Core Introductory Seminar Core Introductory Seminar
Winter 16-17 1st Seminar 1st Seminar
Spring 16-17 2nd Seminar 2nd Seminar
Summer 16-17 3rd Seminar  
Autumn 17-18 4th and 5th Seminar 3rd Seminar
Winter 17-18 6th Seminar 4th Seminar
Spring 17-18 7th Seminar and file prospectus 5th Seminar
Summer 17-18 Begin working on Thesis  
Autumn 18-19 Enroll in Thesis-in-Progress 6th Seminar
Winter 18-19 Enroll in Thesis-in-Progress 7th Seminar and file prospectus
Spring 18-19 Final Quarter and June Graduation Enroll in Thesis-in-Progress
Summer 18-19   Enroll in Thesis-in-Progress
Autumn 19-20   Enroll in Thesis-in-Progress
Winter 19-20   Enroll in Thesis-in-Progress
Spring 19-20   Final Quarter and June Graduation